President, First Lady take part in lighting National Christmas Tree

Posted December 02, 2017

Other decorations, according to BusinessInsider.com include 53 Christmas trees, more than 12,000 ornaments, 18,000 feet of Christmas lights, and 71 wreaths.

First lady Melania Trump has opted for a more traditional decor for her family's first Christmas in the White House, adding a few new touches to the standards. "Wishing you a Merry Christmas & joyous holiday season!"

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To cheers from the audience, Mr. Trump declared, "Now as the president of the United States, it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas".

"For Christians this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ", he said. That is the true source of joy this time of the year. Fifty-six Lego gingerbread houses, one for each state and USA territory, were nestled in the branches of the trees that decorated the State Dining Room. The dancers echoed the first themed Christmas at the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy's "Nutcracker Suite" in 1961.

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Inside of the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, the decor was inspired by the "Nutcracker Suite" theme of the 1961 White House holiday decorations, with several Christmas trees coated with crystal ornaments and faux snow inside.

Based on how upset Donald Trump got when it was revealed just how sparsely attended his presidential inauguration was compared to that of Barack Obama, he'll probably be ultra-angry when he discovers these tweets from Thursday. More than 150 volunteers from around the country spent more than 1,600 hours decorating the White House.

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The record for the number of trees in the White House was held for many years by the Eisenhower administration when 26 trees filled every floor of the house.